Hands-on with the HTC Evo V 4G

We get up close and personal with the $299.99 HTC Evo V 4G for Virgin Mobile.

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NEW ORLEANS--Offering 4G access and hardware essentially identical to last year's Sprint HTC Evo 3D , the HTC Evo V 4G looks even better up close than it does on paper.

With the same specs as the Sprint Evo 3D, the Evo V 4G will run a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. What's new, though, is that this handset will feature Google's latest and greatest version of Android, version 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich. You also get a dual-lens 3D imaging system plus a 4.3-inch Super LCD screen (qHD resolution) that can display three-dimensional images and video.

An interesting side effect of Sprint moving to LTE in favor of WiMax is the carrier will push its older 4G tech to its post-paid sibling Virgin Mobile. That means the Evo V 4G will surf on Sprint's legacy WiMax network.

Picking up the rebranded device, I can say the HTC Evo V 4G is every inch the same phone as the previous Evo 3D. The Evo 3D weighed a hefty 6 ounces and Evo V 4G feels just as beefy. Still, that lends a solidity to the handset. Also on the phone is a switch that flips the handset between 2D and 3D modes. The screen, however, doesn't look as impressive as the AMOLED display on HTC's One S or HTC One X. That said, the Evo V 4G is one of the most compelling phones to hit Virgin Mobile in a long while.

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Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.

 

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